Evan Todd stars with Chilina Kennedy as Gerry Goffin and Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway.
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When I reach Evan Todd at his Manhattan apartment, the Kissimmee native has just caught a performance of “Kinky Boots.”
But these days, he spends far more time onstage than in an audience. He’s approaching his first anniversary as a Broadway leading man: Eight times a week he plays singer Carole King’s tormented and complicated ex-husband Gerry Goffin in the hit musical “Beautiful,” based on King’s life.
“Getting the part was insane,” says Todd, 28. “It’s a great role. There’s so much going on in his head. I don’t get bored; I love getting a crack at it every night.”
You might say he has enjoyed an accidental journey to Broadway.
Todd attended the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee and the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem, but only auditioned for the Juilliard School in New York “because everyone in my class was.”
To his surprise, “I got in. It was so much better than I imagined.”
Still, his focus was on nonmusical roles.
“In high school, I never really sang,” Todd says, confessing he would lip sync during school concerts.
After a stint in New York that left him “drained,” he moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on film and TV work. But he landed a part as an “idiot jock” in — surprise — a musical spoof of the movie “Heathers.”
“I really never thought I would do musicals,” Todd insists. “I thought ‘Heathers’ was a fun fluke.”
The show took off, and suddenly the Big Apple beckoned again.
“We all moved to New York for the off-Broadway production of ‘Heathers,’” he recalls. “People just went crazy for it, and suddenly I was a ‘musical-theater guy.’”
As fate would have it, he booked an episode of TV’s “Jane the Virgin” as he was getting cast in “Beautiful.” Todd’s character — Jane’s fratboy-like book editor — ended up appearing in multiple shows, so for a spell he performed on Broadway all week, flew to Los Angeles for a day of shooting “Jane” — and then flew straight back to New York on the red-eye, sometimes traveling straight from the airport to the theater.
“I loved every minute of it,” he says with an actor’s delight at working so much.
He still feels connected to Central Florida. While at college, he founded a program called StART, in which Juilliard students come to Osceola County each summer to teach and otherwise mentor high-school students interested in the arts.
“It gives me a reason to come home,” Todd says.
If he gets homesick, he can check out his old stomping grounds at the movies. He was surprised at a recent screening of “The Florida Project,” filmed on location in Central Florida’s tourist district.
“I could see where my mom works,” Todd says. “It was crazy.”
After nearly 1000 performances in “Beautiful,” Chilina Kennedy reveals her favorite onstage moments as Carole King, and talks about the joy of sharing the stage with Evan Todd as he makes his Broadway debut.
Before she was Carole King (Chilina Kennedy), superstar-she was Carol Klein, teenage songwriter. “Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin (Evan Todd), to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Winners have been announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2017.
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This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards took place in a record number of markets, with a record number of votes – including 56 cities across the United States; with our awards taking place globally in a record-breaking 11 countries, including multiple Canadian cities!
Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld’s local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.
The votes have been counted… Check out the fill list of winners below!
Best Cabaret Performance or Solo Concert (Male or Female)
Sharron Matthews – Girl Crush – The Musical Stage Company
Best Community Theatre
KW Musical Productions
Best Community Theatre Production
Seussical – KW Musical Productions
Best Direction of a Musical (Equity)
Christopher Ashley – Come from Away – Mirvish Productions
Best Direction of a Play (Equity)
Kevin Bigger – The 39 Steps – Drayton Entertainment
Best Ensemble Cast (Equity)
Come from Away – Mirvish Productions
Best Independent Theatre Production
Thank You For Being A Friend (Joseph Patrick Presents) – Toronto Centre for the Arts
Best Leading Actor (Musical – Equity)
Gerrad Everard (Jerry Lee Lewis) – Million Dollar Quartet – Drayton Entertainment
Best Leading Actor (Play – Equity)
Antoine Yared – Romeo and Juliet – Stratford Festival
Best Leading Actress (Musical – Equity)
Chilina Kennedy – Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Mirvish
Best Leading Actress (Play – Equity)
Sara Farb – Romeo and Juliet – Stratford Festival
Best Musical (Equity)
Come from Away – Mirvish Productions
Best Musical (Professional/Non-Equity)
Dreamgirls – Lower Ossington Theatre
Best Non-Equity/Professional Theatre
Lower Ossington Theatre
Best Original Choreography (Equity)
Donna Feore – Guys and Dolls – Stratford Festival
Best Original Costume Design (Equity)
Rachel Berchtold – Beauty and the Beast – Drayton Entertainment
Best Original Lighting Design (Equity)
Howell Binkley – Come From Away – Royal Alexandra
Best Original Set Design (Equity)
Michael Gianfrancesco – Guys and Dolls – Stratford Festival
Best Original Sound Design (Equity)
Gareth Owen – Come From Away – Royal Alexandra
Best Performance by a Female in a Featured Role (Musical – Equity)
Jenn Colella – Come from Away – Mirvish Productions
Best Performance by a Female in a Featured Role (Play – Equity)
Katelyn McCulloch – Treasure Island – Stratford Festival
Best Performance by a Male in a Featured Role (Musical – Equity)
Lee MacDougall – Come From Away – Royal Alexandra
Best Performance by a Male in a Featured Role (Play – Equity)
Cliff Saunders (Clown) – The 39 Steps – Drayton Entertainment
Best Play (Equity)
The 39 Steps – Drayton Entertainment
Best Professional Theatre
Best Understudy (Equity)
Amanda Struthman – Beauty And The Beast – Theatre Aquarius
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Wynn temporarily left the production in September to film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She plays young Tanya (Christine Baranski’s character) in the musical sequel, to be released in July.
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Chilina Kennedy, Broadway’s longest-running Carole King, stars in the title role at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The current cast also includes Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann and Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin.
With a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features songs from the Goffin/King and Mann/Weil catalogs.
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Beautiful was ranked as one of the best ten shows of 2017.
This jukebox musical about the life of Carole King at Toronto’s Mirvish Theatre was far more than a parade of songs. Beyond the music there was always the story of a woman who created musical magic; sometimes at the expense of her own happiness. Canadian star Chilina Kennedy was amazing in this piece of populist entertainment. She made the woman flesh and blood and lifted this musical from cliché to something, well … beautiful.
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The company of the long running hit “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” had a festive weekend at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre holding a Christmas Door and Dressing Room Decorating Contest put together by master costume and wardrobe head, Bobby Pearce. The cast and crew donned their dressing room doors and tables with holiday décor which were judge by a team including Broadway friends Jenn Colella and Euan Morton who popped over from their matinees of “Come From Away” and “Hamilton”, Nancy Opel, and “Beautiful’s” General Manager and Company Manager, Charlotte Wilcox and Todd Piskin. Below are some of the show’s most inventive and ‘beautiful’ door and dressing room table designs.
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Chilina Kennedy, Broadway’s longest-running Carole King in Beautiful, stopped by the Playbill studios to talk all things Broadway with Tyler Mount. On the newest episode of the vlog, the Canada native opens up about playing one of her icons, what it was like meeting her, and her favorite moments from the show.
Kennedy took over from original Beautiful star Jessie Mueller in spring 2015, staying with the musical through March 2017. After headlining the North American tour in Toronto, she returned to the show on Broadway September 12 .
With a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features an array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The show plays the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
Kennedy made her Broadway debut as Mary Magdalene in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” stars + CA wishes from Hollywood.
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Catching up with the stars of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” Chilina Kennedy and Liam Tobin. Celebrities out of Hollywood wish Canada a happy birthday and share their love.
What happened when Robert De Niro came to the see “Beautiful”? And how does an actor playing Jesus fit into star Chilina Kennedy’s craziest backstage story ever? We go behind the scenes at Broadway’s “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” to get the scoop!